Oily October Challenge

I need some motivation. It’s Autumn the air is cool and the meals are warm. I have not been the best when it comes to drinking water, eating right, and even keeping up with my hair. The semester has so busy I forget to eat, I barely sleep, and my poor hair is suffering.

So I decided to come up with a way to make sure I keep my beautiful hair moisturized as the weather tries to dry it out.

It’ll be pretty easy. For the month of October you must follow the rules below.

1. Pick your two favorite oils. You must use the oils at least three times a week (Deep conditioner, hot oil treatment, sealing in moisture) in any way. Here’s a video on the oil mix that I use Hair and Body Oil Mix. I also add essential oils and coconut oil to mine.

Here’s my hair journey up to my BC last year. Hair Journey

The shrinkage is real my hair is past my shoulders.

The shrinkage is real my hair is past my shoulders. (2012)

First twistout after my BC (2011)

First twistout after my BC (2011)

2. You must drink at LEAST 1 liter of water daily (nonnegotiable and no cheating)

3. At least one protective style a week.

To show your progress please use #LWD and #UTMH on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.

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Dry Hair Problems?

English: Coconut oil in solid state

English: Coconut oil in solid state (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We all have problems with our hair whether it’s relaxed or natural. The most common problem I’ve been dealing with and people have asked me about it dryness. There’s not one solution that will work for every head of hair. It’s all about trial and error, what works for someone else might not work for you. I will never be able to go to bed or leave the house without spraying with water and sealing daily but some lucky people out there can go days without adding moisture. If you haven’t found a way to keep your hair moisturized maybe these tips will help.

1. Drink your water.  You should be drinking half your body weight everyday. If you don’t like the taste of water you can add fresh fruit and herbs to add a little flavor and some vitamins.

Recovery, C-Power, Stressless, Digestive, and Detox vitamin waters

*You can add whatever fruit and/or herbs that you like. I like lemon and lime.
2. You should deep condition once a week or twice a month to add moisture and to strengthen your hair. If your hair is protein sensitive coconut oil is a great alternative to a protein treatment it’ll strengthen and moisturize without making your hair hard. Switch it up a little.
Honey and Coconut oil DC
Mud wash ingredients list *

Mud wash (YouTube tutorial)
Oil Mix for hot oil treaments**
DIY Raw and Organic DC (YouTube)
Egg and Mayo DC (YouTube tutorial)

Greek yogurt DC (Youtube tutorial)

*I use warm aloe vera juice instead of apple cider vinegar now.

**skip to end of post for the oils I use in my mix.  I use Naptural 85’s hair and body mix as a reference.

3. Moisturize and Seal vs LOC method. When it comes to moisture retention there are two different methods I’ve tried and that I hear about a lot. Moisturize and Seal is just moisturizing your hair with water or a leave in conditioner and sealing the moisture in with an oil. The LOC method is helpful if your hair is really dry and you have trouble keeping it moisturized. L is for liquid and it’s usually water, O is for oil, and C is crème as in a leave in. So you spray your hair with water, seal with an oil of your choice and add a leave in on top for added moisture.

Not all oils are created equal. Some oils can penetrate your hair shaft and moisturize your hair and they are coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil.

Keep in mind these are just suggestions if you have a routine that works to it stick with it. If you’re having problems with dry hair I hope this helps. If it does help let me know and if it doesn’t help let me know. Everyone’s hair is different and what works for me might not work for you.